Saturday, December 23, 2006


Regular readers of this blog may have sensed that I have a bit of antipathy towards our northern neighbour, the Emirate of Sharjah. Years ago, it was because whenever I went there I could usually find my destination ok, but I could never, ever, find the way out. Dubai did not feature on the signage system at all. 'snot like Dubai's important or anything. So my early memories of being in Sharjah were closely associated with those of being helplessly lost. And for at least the last five years Sharjah has been associated with being stuck in insane, ridiculous trafic jams.

The last few weeks have been interesting, because our panto rehearsals and peformances have been held at the Dubai Womens' College, which is a stone's throw from the Sharjah border. It's easy to get there on a Friday, fairly easy on a Saturday (weekend for Gubment employees), but a complete pain in the derriere on weekdays. It would take us two to three hours to get to the college from Jebel Ali, and about one hour to get back.

There are two phrases that will induce me to consider a trip to Sharjah...
1) 'Your cheque is ready'
2) 'Come for dinner, I'm doing Beef Wellington'.

Phrase 2 was uttered to me by Grumpy Goat about a week ago. Today was the day, an early Christmas dinner because his beloved has to work on Christmas Day. We were expected to be at Grumpy Goat Towers in Sunny Sharjah at 4pm, so we set off from Jebel Ali at 2.30. Amazingly we were in Sharjah by 3pm, so we jumped out at Al Ta'awon Mall and did a little shopping. Then we walked across the sand (feeling like we were in a foreign country) to arrive at the Towers half an hour early.

A splendid time was had by all. Thanks and Merry Christmas Mr Goat!

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Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

You are very welcome. Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

1:19 pm  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

Keefie: A very Merry Christmas to you and yours. Looking forward to reading all about your Christmas in the New Year!


2:47 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

Beef Wellington would make me go to Sharjah too!

Merry Christmas Keefie and thanks to you and MamaDuck for being regular viewers and commentors on our blog!

3:16 pm  
Blogger Mansur said...

Sharjah is indeed very difficult to travel in, so much so, I am moving out of sharjah now to go to Dubai.


4:28 pm  
Blogger CG said...

Yes, Beef Wellington is worth driving through Sharjah for.

Merry Christmas.

8:23 pm  
Blogger D said...

Merry Christmas!

9:26 pm  
Blogger DG said...

Merry Christmas. Hope all your days are filled with happiness just like today :-)

8:47 am  

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